Rising Texas country singer Taylor Dee has tragically passed away at age 33. Dee, who was born Taylor Dawn Carroll, lost her life on March 14 in a rollover car crash.
The incident occurred at approximately 10 p.m. on State Highway 183 near Euless. Investigators believe that Dee tried to make an abrupt lane change to Highway 360 on the 100 block of West Airport Freeway but missed the turn and crashed into a cushion barrier. The car flipped over and hit an overhead sign, which is where it is believed she was ejected from the vehicle. The singer was not wearing a seatbelt and was "found outside the vehicle a short distance away in grave condition," according to police.
Dee died of her injuries upon being transported to a local hospital. A second passenger was found outside the car with non-life-threatening injuries. The 36-year-old man was released from the hospital the next day and is expected to make a full recovery.
While police said there does not seem to be any criminal charges involved in the crash, an investigation is ongoing. A toxicology screen will also be performed by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office to determine if alcohol played a role in the accident.
"Taylor Dee was the real deal — a true talent with a heart and passion not only for her music but for people," the president of the Texas Country Music Association, Linda Wilson, said in a statement to KTVT. "In every performance, her talent was evident, but more importantly she allowed her fans to know her heart. She will be missed tremendously."
"Taylor Carroll aka Taylor Dee was a shining star who was going to make it in this world and chasing her dreams like the rest of us wish we could," read a GoFundMe, which has raised more than $13,000 of its $15,000 goal so far.
"She was a great mother of two beautiful children that she will be leaving behind. She could make you laugh about the craziest things. Her spirit was so free and she had a voice that the angels could hear. She had your back even when you didn’t know it. Her laugh is something you can hear when she says LOL. She will be forever loved and missed. She left this world sooner than any of us were ready for."
Dee released her first single, "The Buzz," in 2019; it was met with local acclaim.